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Aug 6, 2019

A Closer Look at the Opioid Epidemic in Maryland

By |August 6th, 2019|Drugs|0 Comments

Prescription opioids are powerful pain killers which are used to treat moderate to severe pain and are often prescribed following surgery or injury or for cancer pain according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For the past few years, as pharmaceutical companies have pushed their products on physicians to prescribe these powerful drugs for the treatment of other types of pain, despite the risks for dependence, abuse, and overdose, an epidemic [...]

Jun 25, 2019

Defenses to Field Sobriety Tests

By |June 25th, 2019|DUI|0 Comments

In Maryland, police don’t have complete freedom to stop any driver they see and give him or her a set of field sobriety tests. The first line of defense in any DUI case is whether the police had proper grounds to stop a driver and pull him/her off to the side of the road. The proper grounds standard in Maryland is less strict than the “probable cause” standard for obtaining a warrant. The police must [...]

May 28, 2019

How to Behave in Court

By |May 28th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

It should come as no surprise that actual appearances in court are not like those portrayed on TV and in the movies. Defendants charged with anything ranging from a traffic offense to a felony need to understand that their appearance and behavior will be judged by judges and juries. How you present yourself matters, and in some cases, it could help you get the outcome you desire. Experienced criminal defense lawyers try to prepare their [...]

May 23, 2019

Maryland’s Prison Populations Drops to a 30 Year Low

By |May 23rd, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

The Baltimore Sun reported in April that Maryland’s prison population had fallen to 17,815. It was the first time the prison population was below 18,000 in 30 years. Over the last 10 years, the number of prisoners has dropped by nearly 30%.  The statistics were compiled by the Vera Institute of Justice, which analyzed data from the states and from date compiled by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The Justice Reinvestment Act A major reason [...]

Apr 29, 2019

What Is Due Process?

By |April 29th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

Due process: it’s a phrase we often hear, but most people have little idea what it means. In the most general way, due process is a fairness doctrine, aimed at protecting the rights and liberties of both the accused and the accuser in a court of law. For many, due process has become synonymous with the word “justice,” and the concept of “fair play.” Due process is, then, the set of rules which government and [...]

Apr 22, 2019

The Constitutional Right to Health Care that Only Prisoners Have

By |April 22nd, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

Constitutionally, citizens have no right to health care. There have been laws passed and programs instituted that give us access to healthcare, but for most of us, healthcare is an option, not a right – with one notable exception. The incarcerated. The New Yorker recently profiled a 30-year old named Jeremy Laintz whose fortunes turned when he began abusing opioids. He then became addicted to heroin, was arrested and booked in a Colorado jail which [...]

Apr 16, 2019

New Maryland Bill Aims to Help Victims of Sex-Trafficking Expunge Their Criminal Records

By |April 16th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

A new bill aims to help victims of sex-trafficking help clear their names so their convictions can’t be viewed by the public. Sex-trafficking often requires that the victims, many underage, commit other crimes such as drug crimes in addition to prostitution and sex-related offenses. Prior attempts to modify Maryland’s sex trafficking laws have been stymied. For many victims, clearing their record of the sex-related crimes doesn’t help clear their name of the non-sexual charges. The [...]

Apr 9, 2019

Maryland’s Implied Consent Law for Suspicion of DUI

By |April 9th, 2019|DUI|0 Comments

Normally, the police cannot stop and/or search a person unless they have reasonable grounds to believe a crime has been committed. Under the law, law enforcement officers should obtain a warrant before arresting anyone, or searching them or their property. However, cases involving suspicious of driving under the influence are treated a bit differently. The police do still need reasonable grounds to stop any driver for DUI. Examples of reasonable grounds include observing a driver [...]

Apr 2, 2019

Questions & Answers About Assault Charges in Maryland

By |April 2nd, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

If you’ve been charged with assault in Maryland, you may have many questions about the charges and the judicial process. The legal team here at Carey Law Office has put together some common and general questions and answers for your convenience, and we urge you to contact us if you need assistance. What are the types of assault crimes in Maryland? There are two types of assault – first degree and second degree. Reckless endangerment [...]

Mar 25, 2019

Is “Emoji Law” Actually a Thing?

By |March 25th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

The emoticon was born on September 19, 1982 when Professor Scott Fahlman of Carnegie Mellon suggested using the keyboard symbols :-) and :-( to express emotions online. This caught on, spread around the country, and eventually we were all using emoticons. However, beyond simple emojis like that, interpretations of other emojis can be rather subjective. In an interview with The Verge, Santa Clara University law professor Eric Goldman points out, “Emoji usually have dialects. They [...]

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